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  • Fixed

    70 66.04%
  • Free

    19 17.92%
  • 50/50

    5 4.72%
  • I ride a geared bike

    12 11.32%
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    Which do you spend more time in?

    Which mode does your SS spend the most time in? Fixed, Free, or 50/50?

    JesseDuncan:I just love how "cars will be forced to cross the double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads".

    I don't want to have a head on but oh god, I HAVE to fling myself into oncoming traffic to pass, theres no alternative!!!

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    Have ridden fixed exclusively for 2 years.

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    I don't think i'm ever turning my bike back into a singlespeed. I really don't see any reason. I live in a pretty flat area though.

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    i made a thread about something similar awhile ago. my findings:

    - most people who ride fixed only ride fixed*
    - most people who say they ride both only ride free, but insinuate that they ride both-- which is odd, as they usually have a cog on their fixed side.

    * on their single speed bike; obviously, many of us have geared bikes as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
    i made a thread about something similar awhile ago. my findings:

    - most people who ride fixed only ride fixed*
    - most people who say they ride both only ride free, but insinuate that they ride both-- which is odd, as they usually have a cog on their fixed side.

    * on their single speed bike; obviously, many of us have geared bikes as well.
    Thanks! I was curious of the Fixed/Free distribution here. So far, it seems that most people (albeit from a sample size of 13) in the forum ride fixed.

    JesseDuncan:I just love how "cars will be forced to cross the double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads".

    I don't want to have a head on but oh god, I HAVE to fling myself into oncoming traffic to pass, theres no alternative!!!

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    I have been riding single for a bit but going back to fixed. I have a flip flop hub but see no reason to keep single and fixed, seems kind of odd. I will be fixed maybe forever now.

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    fixed4life getpitted

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    Fixed. No real desire to go SS yet
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    I've been mostly riding a coaster brake for the past 6 months. Before I got that wheel, I preferred singlespeed but I rode fixed for a 1000 miles or so to see if it was for me. I never noticed any extra sort of "zen" outside of the normal feelings from riding any bike. I think I'll be trying fixed gear for another couple months though coming up.

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    my hub can only do free so that's what i've been doing

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    I've been riding my geared bike lately because I've been doing more long rides, but for around town (where it is relatively flat) it is always fixed.

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    Fixed only, removed the freewheel from the other side of the hub. I'll ride free when I get a new bike.

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    I don't really see the point in riding ss. If i want to coast I'll just ride my road bike instead of the fixed gear.
    I wish fixed/fixed hubs were more common.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    I wish fixed/fixed hubs were more common.
    agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZiP0082 View Post
    agreed.
    FWIW most generic Weinmann/Formula builds are now fixed/fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickgh View Post
    Fixed. No real desire to go SS yet
    +1. Have a flip flop, but haven't purchased a freewheel and don't intend to anytime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZiP0082 View Post
    fixed4life getpitted
    get pitteedddddD

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    My view on singlespeed is that if you want a bike that coasts, you may as well have gears.

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    I agree and to answer the OP's question...what I ride changes with the season. Just built up a cross bike so I've been on that a lot but I'm commuting mostly fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    I don't really see the point in riding ss..
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    50/50 for me. I have fixed rides and one dedicated SS road bike. Depending on the ride and terrain, if it's a big weekend type ride, I will chose the appropriate mode.

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    Freewheel on a fix/fix hub for me!
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    When I first picked up my Capo the lady at the bike shop had forgot to order my fixed gear. I rode it the first week on SS. I found myself trying to reach down and shift a gear that week. I switched to the fixed when it came in and have never went back. I removed the freewheel from the bike. It was just dead weight.

    If I want a freewheel I ride one of my multi geared bikes
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    Fixed only.

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